Ion’s Dean Hall wants to show how much innovation is possible in MMOs

    
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If you’re curious about Dean Hall’s new Ion project that was recently announced at E3, a new interview at Polygon might be worth reading.

Hall explains how the sci-fi space sandbox is straddling the fence between indie and triple-A, primarily due to the dev talent involved which includes Fallout 3 and Skyrim veterans as well as the concept artist from Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.

Hall firmly states that Ion is an MMO, despite negative feedback from his marketing team and Polygon’s interviewer. “We had a lot of marketing people saying, don’t call it an MMO. Everyone will think it’s orcs and wizards running around,” Hall explains. “It’s stale [the MMO genre]. My point is, that’s exactly why we have to own it as an MMO. It is. It’s inspired by EVE Online and Space Station 13. I’m hoping that we can show there are so many areas you can innovate in terms of MMOs.”

Source: Polygon
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Morreion
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enamelizer 
That way lies madness.

karmamule
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karmamule

Sure, I’m generous that way…..
:-D

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enamelizer

I want to believe.

rottenrotny
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rottenrotny

The world desperately needs an excellent open world/space sci-fi sandbox.

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eLdritchMD ihatevnecks Sorenthaz An alpha game that’s both perfectly playable and enjoyable, and as I said, is continuing to grow. He provided a roadmap for them, helped get it off its feet at the start, there’s no reason for him to have stuck around when he wasn’t the one doing the actual work on the game.

eLdritchMD
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SoMuchMass none of them finished. good job. Truly, a legacy to be proud of :P

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ihatevnecks eLdritchMD Sorenthaz The problem is that despite its “development and updates” it’s an alpha test 3 years in the making and that Dean “I’m a grenade” Hall so far as a 0% rate of finished projects. Why would I have faith in this man?

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Damonvile That’s exactly it.  I’m getting weary of all sorts of cool talk that’s followed up by lukewarm implementation.  When you have something for me to try then I’ll perk up and give it a chance. (Assuming you don’t want to charge me $100 for alpha/beta privileges)

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Xijit Benthalak Polygon is one of the few gaming sites other than massively op that I actually read.  Yeah they’re a bit pretentious but at least they’re not the juvenile crap most other gaming sites spew out these days.

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ZephW “in this space”.  Pun intended? ;-)